St Cecilia’s C of E Primary School26 June 2023
Abbey Farm Educate Together Primary School
- Reds10 delivered a turnkey modular solution for the 460 pupil primary school in the new Redrow housing development in Swindon as part of the Department for Education (DfE)’s £3bn ‘Off-site Schools Framework’.
- 87% completed off-site (2% higher than our commitment on the framework Minimal waste with 90% diverted to landfill
- Over 100% reduction in carbon emissions under Part L2A building regulation standards for energy efficiency
Reds10 was appointed by the Department for Education’s (DfE) as principal contractor to design and build the school, which is part of the DfE's ‘Off-site Schools Framework’ and will be run by the Educate Together Academy Trust.
Located off Lady Lane, the school is set on a 4.6-acre site and is part of a wider residential-led mixed-use development by Redrow. One of the stand-out achievements of the project is that the building was designed as net-zero carbon in operation ahead of the DfE’s sustainability Output Specification (S21) official launch. S21 was introduced under the new construction framework in November 2021, calling for all new school buildings in England to reach net zero operational carbon.
MMC directly benefits the delivery of school construction projects, through reduced embodied carbon, quicker delivery programmes and less trades on site, which minimises disruption. Reds10 completed the majority of the school building offsite in its factory. In fact, the project achieved 87% pre-manufactured value (PMV), which is 2% higher than their commitment on the framework, alongside minimal waste through the use of MMC with 90% diverted to landfill and over 100% reduction in carbon emissions under Part L2A building regulation standards for energy efficiency.
The building, which is net zero carbon in design, includes enhanced sustainability features such as air source heat pumps and photovoltaics, both mechanical and natural ventilation to maintain excellent internal air quality, aluminium door and window frames made from recycled materials, GIFA floorboards with 50% recycled content and timber cladding, which is inherently lower in embodied carbon. Using ThriveTM , its SMART building technology, Reds10 is able to analyse energy usage and production, generating accurate data to ensure that the building is operated at maximum energy efficiency going forward.
“Abbey Farm ET Primary School has been in the pipeline for several years and it’s amazing to see this wonderful space about to open its doors to pupils. Reds10 have been instrumental in making this happen and their commitment to it has been incredible. In comparison to projects I am running in tandem, the modular nature of the build has reduced disruption to delivery, with regards to materials and labour shortages and time lost to inclement weather. The quality of the build is fantastic, with several of my subcontractors and the Fire Safety Officer, commenting in the excellent standard of work. What struck me the most was their process, it seems like yesterday that the site was just a field and now here we are with a finished building. The pace has been simply breath-taking”